Revelation Chapter 20: Part 2: The Millennium and the Great White Throne
In the Book of Revelation, God has revealed the future so you can live in anticipation of what is coming. Jesus in the New Testament presented the Kingdom of God. This kingdom was referred to in the Old Testament (Tanach), especially by the prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah,Daniel, Zechariah and others. This kingdom, according to the book of Revelation is 1000-years also known as the Millennium. Many Bible teachers and pastors reject the idea of a literal Millennium, doing so they must reject the literal message of Revelation and create their own. The following is Part II of a literal presentation on the Millennium as presented in scripture, from both the Old and New Testament perspective.
Why there needs to be a Third Temple?
This was the question asked recently:
“What is your support for the rebuilding of the Jewish temple in the tribulation I don't think there is one going to rebuild that temple.?”
First point to understand here is that the Scripture clearly teaches, before the “Second Coming” when Jesus returns in “Glory and Power” there will be a Third Temple on the Temple Mount site.
Let’s look at the scriptural and prophetic evidence for a Third Temple. In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about both the 2nd and 3rd Temples, he makes a distinction between both. The Second Temple existed in the time Jesus
Introduction to Chapter 3
In Nehemiah Chapter 2 Nehemiah prays and fasts for 4 months before coming before King Artaxerxes of Persia. Finally on Nisan 444 B.C., (March/April), he comes before the king and queen allowing them to see his depressed and mourning demeanor. The king seeing his sadness asks him to explain. Nehemiah then describes the reason for his sadness, the condition of Jerusalem, a city without walls and without gates. The king then asks Nehemiah, what he wants.
What happens after you die?
This is the most important question you could ever ask yourself. The problem is most people wait until it’s too late. Lets look at Steven Jobs, the founder of Apple, he had the world in the palm of his hands, he developed one of the most profitable companies in history, his success is what people dream about. Yet, he died at the age 56, in the prime of his life. He attempted to use his wealth to save his life, he was one of only 20 people on the earth to have his
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1. A Study Bible:
A Study Bible is the most important resource for any Bible student or seeker trying to understand the Bible. A Study Bible will allow you to explore and learn more as you read, because it cross references other verses, supplies information about the verses, such as the historical and background events. A Study Bible will also provide timelines, and indepth background about the specific books of the Bible, including who wrote it, when it was written, where it fits in the timeline along with other books. Knowing that Ezra, Nehemiah, Zechariah, Haggai, Esther, and Malachi were written during the "Second Temple" period, helps you understand the context of the text.
Another example, Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel all lived in Jerusalem at the same time, before the Babylonian invasion in 605 B.C.,is significant. It helps knowing why Daniel refers to Jeremiah (Daniel 9:1-2) and Ezekiel references Daniel (Ezekiel 28:3), a Study Bible will help you understand these points. ESV Study Bible example
Introduction to Nehemiah Chapter Two
Chapter two of Nehemiah takes place about 4 months after the events of chapter one. In chapter one, Nehemiah gets word from his brother on the status of Jerusalem and conditions of the Jews living there. Nehemiah is struck to his core by the events in Judah and Jerusalem. Nehemiah takes authority and leadership in the spiritual realms by mourning, fasting and praying for 4 months.
The time finally arrives in chapter 2, where Nehemiah has an audience with the Artaxerxes I and his queen to serve them wine. His job was cupbearer to the king, he was not allowed to show any sort of mourning or sorrow in the king’s presence. As “cupbearer” Nehemiah could only to be happy and cheerful, and not let his personal life interfere with his function. However, Nehemiah chose to intentionally show sorrow, he did not view his job or position as the end-game of his life.
Introduction to Chapter One
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah, along with 1st and 2nd Chronicles were authored by Ezra, the priest and scribe. In the Jewish Bible, Ezra and Nehemiah are one book, while in the Catholic Bible they are known as First and Second Ezra (Esdras).
Ezra returned to Jerusalem in 458 B.C., with the authority of Artaxerxes king of Persia. He had with him almost 1500 men, including woman and children the number who returned with Ezra could have numbered close to 8000 from
Introduction to the Book of Nehemiah
The book of Nehemiah is chronologically one of the last books of the Old Testament. The book of Nehemiah connects the closing of the Old Testament period with the New Testament period of Messiah, Jesus Christ. Nehemiah was a man who had vision for God’s will, and he moved on the vision. Through Nehemiah’s vision, Israel was reestablished in the land of promise, following the Babylonian captivity.
Nehemiah was a cup-bearer to the Persian King Artaxerxes I (Longimanus) (465-424 B.C.). When word came from his brother about the deplorable state of Jews who had earlier returned to Jerusalem from Persia, he was moved to action. The walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. and returning Jews under a constant threat. The very survival of Jerusalem, Jewish population and God’s promises was at stake. Nehemiah decided something had to be done with this information.
Nehemiah took the news and formulated an action strategy to change the events. Nehemiah formulated a vision of the situation and planned what needed to be done to change it. He was not just a man of dreams; he was a man of action and planning. He took God’s promises serious.
What kind of Christian are you? Are you a "secret agent" Christian or are you bold Believer?
Do you know who you are in Jesus Christ? Jesus has transferred his authority to you! Jesus proclaimed all authority in Heaven and Earth has been transferred to Him, and He transfers it to you.
(18) And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
(19) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
(20) teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Ezekiel Chapter 38, Gog Prince of Rus (Russia) of the land of Magog.
The book of Ezekiel foretells a day after Israel is gathered from the nations in the "Last Days" how the an invasion from the North will be defeated by God. The armies involve an Russian and Islamic invasion against the land of Israel.
God defeats these nations to demonstrate to the world his Holiness and the evidence of His Word.
After Russia and Israel are defeated, the nation of Israel will build the Third Temple, bringing the "Tribulation" on the whole world.